In the finest blog tradition of "nothing too trivial" - today I would like to talk about towels. Specifically, clean towels and dirty towels and trucking one or the other up or down to the beach. You go for your last swim and have a shower and then leave; you can't leave your dirty towels there, or put them in the machine, or leave them on the clothesline for when you come back four weeks later. We don't have a dryer at the beach, but I wouldn't leave them in there either. So, you end up bringing them home to wash and taking them back again. And sheets are the same.
This is no trouble to do, it's just that you tend to start obsessing about where the linen is. Did we leave any there? Do we need to take bathmats back down? How many beach towels do we own anyway? Originally I was going to buy nice new towels for home and take the old ratty ones down the beach. But then I got advice from a friend who is very wise in the ways of the beach house (and much else); she said buy new for the beach and make them all the same colour that you don't have at home. Then you know that if you see that colour at any point [in the endless cycle of washing that is our lives], it needs to return to the coast and you can put it in your Beach Cupboard. (Another excellent point, I made a Beach Cupboard too).
So this is why I have a pile of lime green (chartreuse? viridian? malachite?) towels and hand towels and bathmats and face washers. They are all different colours because I have bought them on super special over the last few months and they are different brands from different shops ... but still lime green. And the system works extremely well. The only problem was a teetering pile in the Beach Cupboard, and then I'd try and jam them in a grocery bag without success and end up just piling them in the back of the car. So today I went to Spotlight and spent $6 on a very very ugly striped polyester doubleknit fabric, and made a big fat drawstring towel bag.
Polyester so it can be washed repeatedly, and knit so I didn't have to neaten the edges and it won't fray. I made a sheet bag as well. I am sorry for inflicting all these words on linen management on the internet, but I am really quite pleased with myself, and it will make my life easier. Simple pleasures...